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Suggestions for your first netbook lesson
To get the pilot off to a good kick-start, it is a good idea to have a clear idea about the points you want to address with your students in their first netbook lesson. Some useful points to address are given below:
1. Begin by handing out the pilot's introductory brochure and go through it with the class to ensure they are clear about the pilot's aims and their involvement in it.
2. Next, use the Acer's Quick Start Manual, a paper version that came with each netbook, and talk the students through the various points raised.
3. Each netbook should be easily identifiable without opening it. Each student can create his/her own name sticker to attach to the netbook to ensure it is identifiable.
4. It is also recommended that your school opts for purchasing netbook covers to ensure against potential damage. This is in your school's interest as they will keep the netbooks after the pilot, so ensuring they are kept in good condition will mean they are passed on fit for use by future students.
5. Allow time for a debriefing session with your students at the end of the lesson to recapitulate on what has been learned, how the netbooks have been used, what they have enjoyed and found useful, as well as the problems they might have encountered.